And the help he received from his mentor, Nathan Thompson, helped him become the player he went on to be – appearing in two finals for the Hawks.
For Ben Dixon, ex-Hawks 200-gamer, the story isn’t too different. “I didn’t know what to expect and was extremely nervous. I had my training kit thrown at me and was launched straight into the real stuff. Just before walking out on the track, Jason Dunstall, one of the all time greats, came and introduced himself to me and from that moment on he became my mentor - I strived to be like him.”
Obviously, being mentored by an AFL legend isn’t possible for everyone, but the importance of having someone in your life who can perform that role cannot be overstated.
“It is so important to have a mentor, someone who you look up to and that you know is looking out for your best interests,” says Campbell. “Not only can they give you advice on your game, they can motivate you and even show you aspects of your personality that you weren’t aware of – bring out your best characteristics.”
Both Robbie and Ben understand the importance of having a role model or mentor in a young person’s life - "Sometimes all you need is a little bit of guidance to put you back on the right track,” explained Dixon. "That’s one of the reasons we started DraftStar - to give kids an opportunity to have an DraftStar coach give them mentoring advice, it is such a rewarding experience to act as a mentor in young life and is not a responsibility we take lightly."
So how do you get a mentor? Well, take a look around you – your coach, family friends, relatives, teachers, anyone you admire and who’s advice you’re happy to take.
Or come to a DraftStar camp and get a guaranteed high-level mentor, who will bring out your best!
Visit www.draftstar.com.au to find out more.